Saturday, August 08, 2009

Brisbane RFC 1 v GCUFC 3: Simulation

Is the FFA going to follow through with its edict on diving? If it is Gold Coast could be in a bit of trouble. They would loose both Robson and Culina. Robson dives when he can, he deliberately got Tiatto booked. Culina may just have been having fun but he won a free kick off Craig Moore.

The refereeing, as Moore warned, was a dark patch on this game. He just could not keep up and missed a lot. Peter Green is not good enough to ref at this level. And the game got away from him. He book 10 players. 4 Brisbane in the 1st half and 1 Brisbane and 5 Gold Coast in the second. But it was the inconsistency that was amazing. Why didn't Matt Ozman get a yellow for the penalty? Why was Kruse booked for diving and not Robson (editor: I looked at the replay and Kruse's booking as for hand balling past the keeper)? Why didn't Smeltz get a second yellow for getting Malcolm in a headlock (editor: this is a still mystery)? In the 1st half has was that a corner if the only body part near the ball was a Gold Coast hand?

The Gold Coast are a a better team. And the only real question is how they stay under the salary cap. Still Brisbane had more (12-7) and better chances but couldn't put them away. Van Dijk missed an open goal with the keeper on the ground. Higgins is a rubbish keeper.

Disappointing crowd of 19,900.

Funniest thing we have seen: Bas Van den Brink getting a banana from the bench and then eating it while running around playing an A-League match.

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